Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

To set up multi-user support, users train the Assistant to recognize their voice via the Google Home app. You can add up to 6 different users voices in Google home now, which means up to six people direct Google home to perform tasks.

The assistant will then ask you to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" two times each.

The phrases are then analyzed by a neural network which has been created to detect certain characteristics in a human voice. During the training process, your "OK Google" phrases are analyzed by a neural network, which Google says can "detect certain characteristics of a person's voice". Google notes, "this comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds".

Once you've installed the Google Home app, look for the card that says Multi-user is available. By the time Google Home launches here, we should hopefully have quite the complete home assistant.

The voice-distinction feature also isn't being offered for the same digital assistant that operates on Google's Pixel phone and other smartphones running on the latest version of its Android software. Amazon's Alexa, the software that runs on Echo and Dot devices, already supports multiple users, but technology to distinguish between voices is reportedly still in development.

Google Home.Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderGoogle's connected speaker is getting an anticipated update Thursday. That way, your roommate doesn't get your upcoming calendar appointments when he asks about his agenda, and you don't get his Creed albums when you tell Google Home to play music.

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Google Home will now support up to six users. But once it does, Google Home will be able give back information personalized to a specific user, such as their route to work, what's on their schedule for the day, or even songs on their playlist.

Google's voice-distinction feature, however, won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant, as long as Home's microphone is turned on.

Maybe this also opens up room for a feature that Google showed in its launch video at its I/O developer conference previous year but also never launched: pro-active alerts.

"Along with working with great brands in the industry like Google, we've seen voice-activated lighting control to be a popular feature our customers have been asking for", Orchowski said.

If you don't see the notification, tap the devices button (an icon of a television and a speaker) in the top right corner.

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